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Composition Contest Winners 2024

Updated: Jun 17



Thank you to all the teachers and students who submitted entries for the National Composition Contest! We were blown away at the talent demonstrated! One of our core values is celebrating accomplishments and we love using the composition contest as a way to highlight the efforts of some of our most talented students.


For the first time this year, our winning composers are sharing their music with you! Download these original compositions written by 7-12 year olds to play yourself or for your students!


Here are the winners in each category:


Let’s Play Music

 

BEST OVERALL

Emmet J. - Pirates are Coming

From the studio of: Brandy Taylor



Victoria R. - Victoria's Surprise Day

From the studio of: Amber Barney



 

MOST ORIGINAL

Emory V. - Malificent's Cauldron

From the studio of: Luanne Harms



BEST MELODY

Stella C. - Clouds in the Sky

From the studio of: Shaunel Brown



 

BEST USE OF CHORDS

Stockton B. - Woodland Chase

From the studio of: Krystal Paulsen



 

BEST STORY

Adelaide S. - Flight to the Desert

From the studio: Debbie Saunders



 

BEST USE OF ABA FORM

Kiri G. - Cliff Hanger

From the studio of: Julie De Rurange



 

Presto

 

BEST OVERALL

Annabelle R. - Discovery

From the studio of: Shannon Skarka




 

BEST STORY AND BEST USE OF CHORDS

Juliet D. - Fluminus Mundi

From the studio of: Sarah Thompson



 

BEST MELODY

Sophie W. - Celestial Melody

From the studio of: Cherie Webb



 

BEST USE OF ABA FORM

Olivia M. - Grasshopper Waltz

From the studio of: Luanne Harms



 

MOST ORIGINAL

Van H. - Bumblebee Chase

From the studio of: Laurie Stevenson



 

Congratulations to these kids, families, and parents AND all who have successfully composed, published, and performed their very first piano piece!


Guest Judge: Marc Denton

This year we were pleased to welcome the expertise of our guest judge, Marc Denton.


Marc is the former Chair of the Music Department of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where he was instrumental in developing the choral, vocal, music theater, music humanities and theory programs. He has participated professionally as a vocal soloist in symphonies and choirs and is a sought after vocal coach. He is well-known to Arizona audiences as a director, and a concert and stage performer, having performed several opera and music theater roles. Marc resides in Mesa, AZ with his wife, Denna, and they are the parents of five sons and grandparents of 20 (very musical) grandchildren, many of whom have participated in Let’s Play Music.

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